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Sore Shoulder Forces Simona Halep Out of Miami

A sore right shoulder has prompted Simona Halep to withdrew from the Miami Open. EPA-EFE/KELLY BARNES

A sore right shoulder has knocked Simona Halep out of the Miami Open.

The reigning Wimbledon champion, who scored a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Caroline Garcia in her Miami opener, revealed she arrived in Florida nursing shoulder pain.

The third-seeded Halep and Angelique Kerber toppled the top-seeded team of Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens in their Miami doubles first-round match.

As a result of Halep’s withdrawal, Anastasija Sevastova, who beat 31st-seeded Coco Gauff, takes a walkover into the fourth round.

“I’m very sorry I have to pull out of singles and doubles at the Miami Open, but my injury doesn’t let me play here as I expected,” Halep said in a statement. “I’m sad that I can’t continue, I wanted to come here to give my best and play many matches but unfortunately I can’t. Hopefully next year I will be back healthy and better.

“I want to say a huge thank you to the Miami Open organizers and the WTA for all their efforts in staging this great event and for making us feel safe.”